Whoever betrays the country will pay the price, I assure you,'' Rwanda's President Paul Kagame told a rally soon after the country's former intelligence chief, Patrick Karegeya, was found strangled in a South African hotel room last January.
The last time ''Mare Nostrum'' (Latin for ''Our Sea'') was used as a political slogan in Italy, Mussolini's fascists were claiming dominance over the entire Mediterranean.
Ebola is a truly frightening disease, with a fatality rate as high as 95% (although the death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa is only 55%-60%).
Losing a war could be a bad thing, but the obvious solution to that problem was to be very good at war.
Two high-profile incidents occurred last week, at opposite ends of the Arab world.
As the Russian-backed rebels abandoned almost all their positions in eastern Ukraine apart from the two regional capital cities, Donetsk and Luhansk, the various players made predictable statements.
Only a very bad novelist would dare to write a scenario as simplistic as the current presidential election in Indonesia.
''Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,'' said Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, announcing the rebirth of the caliphate in the broad territory between Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq.
''It's quiet out there. Too quiet.''
''The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It's bullshit.''
Whatever else you may say about the ''young war criminal'' (as British journalist Alan Watkins used to call former prime minister Tony Blair), he certainly fights his corner with great determination.
The Iraqi army will have to destroy Mosul in order to save it - and it's not clear whether it can do the job even then.
The presence of President Vladimir Putin on the Normandy beaches on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was planned long before the current conflict over Ukraine, but it is a useful reminder of the fact that Russia is not some Asiatic tyranny on Europe's eastern borders.
To the vast surprise of absolutely nobody, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won the Egyptian presidential election last week.
"There is no doubt that many populist, Eurosceptic and even nationalistic parties are entering the European Parliament,'' said the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, after all the votes in last Sunday's election for the European Union's Parliament had been counted.
Conducting an orderly retreat is the hardest thing, not only in war but also in politics, as Russian President Vladimir Putin is now learning.
Voting began last week to choose the problem the winner of the Longitude Prize 2014 will have to solve - and win 10 million ($NZ20 million).
If you were running China, and you wanted to distract your own population from economic woes at home by pushing one of your many territorial disputes with your neighbours into open conflict, which one would you choose?
If you are trying to get rid of the legitimately elected government of your country, it helps to have the Constitutional Court, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Election Commission on your side.
Did he just blink? I think he did.